Volume 80, Number 19 | October 7 - 13, 2010
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Photo by Jefferson Siegel

The scene at Strawberry Fields in Central Park on Dec. 8, 2005, the 25th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.

Imagine: John Lennon would be 70 years old today; Yes, that’s 6 years past 64

Interviews and photos in Union Square by Jefferson Siegel

Question: John Lennon would have been 70 on Saturday.
If he were alive today, what do you think he’d be doing?

Julie Manis, age: “Younger than John Lennon would be.” Lives in Midtown. Occupation: sells custom shirts. Favorite Beatle: Ringo.

“Probably split from Yoko and have someone younger and hotter by now. Maybe give better advice to [son] Julian because his career hasn’t really gone anywhere. I bet he’d have a marijuana prescription for his arthritis and he’d have Lasik so he wouldn’t need glasses.”

Jean Cawley, 43, Queens, court clerk.

“He’d be doing something political like protesting the wars that are going on in the Middle East. He’d be doing something Paul Simon-ish.”

Steve Vigdor, 63, Long Island, physicist. Favorite Beatle: John.

“I think he’d be running a band like McCartney. I think he’d be involved in various peace protests and working with Yoko Ono in promoting various cutting-edge art. He’d be viewed as one of the increasingly irrelevant holdovers from the ’60’s scene.”

Audrey Lowry, 23, Upper East Side, dance artist.

“Another one of the old Beatles now tours as a solo artist, so he’d probably be touring as a solo artist himself. He could be retired. I enjoy the music but I don’t know much about them.”

Alex Smith, 22, East Village, finance. Favorite Beatle: Paul (“He had the best personality”).

“He’d be living somewhere where he’d be hiding out of the spotlight. He’d just be relaxing.”

Theresa Wetzler, 18, East Village, global studies major at N.Y.U.

“I don’t think he’d be writing music. Yoko has that exhibition at MoMA right now and he’d probably be involved in promoting that spirit of peacefulness and spirituality.”

Doug Kimball, 63, Seattle, retired high school English teacher. Favorite Beatle: John.

“I imagine he’d be more philanthropic, like musicians are these days, like Bono. He’d be speaking out on Afghanistan. It would be nice if he did a concert with Ringo and Paul, but I’m not sure if that would happen. He’d probably still be in New York. He’s going to follow his passion. He’s a creative guy, so either art or music.”

Lois Segel, age: “baby boomer,” Village, media.

“Working to make the world a better place. He’d be an ambassador like Bono. He would work toward peace somewhere, whether Darfur or North Korea. He’d try to make a difference. He would be a world ambassador. I think he’d still be performing. If James Taylor and Carole King can do it, why can’t he? He would devote himself to his own personal pursuits, which would be artistic. He would be very spiritual. We’re all getting older and that’s a pretty monumental age.”


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